Top 3 Red Flags of Online Business Scams
Today we're talking about the top three red flags of online business scams and the most recent scammer to hit the coaching industry- Tabitha Paganelli. If you haven't heard about it yet, it’s important you learn about it now. A young, pretty, blonde woman has been scouring through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and literally scamming people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
So, there are three warning signs that I want you looking for as you're navigating business in the online space because now there are a lot of people out there that have a pretty profile picture, they have a decent looking website, and it's very easy to fall into the emotion of the things they're talking about and get scammed very easily. Not only am I an information security major, but one of the key elements of my work in systems is security. As I'm setting up any business system or automation, security is at the root of every single thing I do.
#1- If it’s too good to be true...
I know this is so basic but Tabitha was saying something like, "If I told you in five weeks you could make ten thousand dollars with a hundred percent money back guarantee ... " Ummmm… That's a pretty steep claim to make. Believe it or not, Tabby cat actually friended me on Facebook. And ... I was like, "Something about this woman is fishy." Then five days later, I see a post that my coach shared, an article blog post about somebody who had been scammed by her. And the woman was saying how embarrassed she was and how she didn't want to talk about it but she knew if she didn't it was going to happen again.
#2- What does the research say?
Number two, do your daggum research! This also seems very basic but I went to this person's website, after she friended me, and I remember thinking to myself, "Yikes! There’s hardly anything here…" There was hardly any content there, no testimonials. It was all about buy, buy, buy!
If the research doesn't look good, don't do it!!
#3- Trust Your Gut… & don’t get emotional
Trusting your gut and veering away from making emotional investments. So, so many times our gut will say, "You know what, something about this doesn't feel right." And I find this more commonly with women than I do with men. You remember the time you had that feeling in your gut and you were like, "Nah, I'm not gonna listen to her." And then later on you were like, "Damn. I probably should've listened to her 'cause she was right."
It's so many times that voice in our head, that our gut says to us, "Don't do that thing. Don't do that." And then it comes back to bite us in our ass. The second part of that is do not make an emotional purchase. Really take the time to think about before you invest thousands of dollars into someone's program, really take a moment to sit with that decision. And if it feels good, then move forward. If something about it doesn't feel good, don't move forward.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve been scammed and how you overcame it!
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